Ducati unveiled the Scrambler at Intermot 2014. The bike is one of the more affordable offerings from the company’s stable with a price starting at Rs-5,21,635 (excluding duties and taxes). Ducati will likely re-enter the Indian market in 2015 and we expect the Scrambler to be launched around that time. The bike is available in four variants – Icon, Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Throttle.
The bike features simplistic styling having a retro look reminiscent of the bikes the manufacturer used to produce in the 1960-70s. The front features a round headlamp with LED rings with high and wide handlebar placement. The instrument cluster is a not-so-retro LCD display. The wheels are 10-spoke alloys with 18-inch rims at the front and 17-inch at the rear. A low seat height of 790mm and a strip of LED pass as the tail light. The Scrambler also gets USB connectivity in the form of a port located under the seat.
The frame is of the Trellis type made from tubular steel. Suspension at the front is an upside down Kayaba fork and the rear features a Kayaba monoshock. The engine found cradled in the Trellis frame is an 803cc, air-cooled, L-twin cylinder detuned to produce 74bhp and 68Nm of torque. Power is routed from the engine to the road via a 6-speed transmission and Pirelli tyres. Retardation duties are handled by 330mm discs at the front and 245mm at the rear, with four-piston calipers biting the front end and a single-piston caliper chewing on the rear disc. ABS is standard on all variants.
The Scrambler will be manufactured in Thailand and when it launches will give competition to the Triumph Bonneville.